'''Thomas Pennant''' (14 June Old Style|OS
1726 – 16 December 1798) was a Welsh natural history|naturalist
, traveller, writer and antiquarian
. He was born and lived his whole life at his family estate, Downing Hall
near Whitford, Flintshire
As a naturalist he had a great curiosity, observing the geography, geology, plants, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish around him and recording what he saw and heard about. He wrote acclaimed books including ''British Zoology'', the ''History of Quadrupeds'', ''Arctic Zoology'' and ''Indian Zoology'' although he never travelled further afield than continental Europe. He knew and maintained correspondence with many of the scientific figures of his day. His books influenced the writings of Samuel Johnson
. As an antiquarian, he amassed a considerable collection of art and other works, largely selected for their scientific interest. Many of these works are now housed at the...